Unintended Consequences – Some Thoughts on the 20th Anniversary of Germany’s Reunification

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October 3, 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of German reunification. The same day, there were Presidential elections in Brazil. Surely, sheer coincidence, but one might also see it as a curious hint at a parallelism of change since 1990. The year of German unification also marked a takeoff point for rising powers like China, India or Brazil. Then, of course, no one saw it that way. German unification ended the bipolar system of two superpowers, it seemed to open up an era of unipolar domination by one superpower, but ultimately marked the beginning of a multipolar world.

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Towards a Global Concert of Powers

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Some Observations on the Annual IISS Meeting

by Michael Liebig

Following the 2007-09 financial-economic crisis, the concept of a multipolar world (and multiple connectivity embedded within it) has gained broad acceptance. The denial of multipolarity became unsustainable when the economies of China, India and Brazil withstood the crisis, which had originated in the USA

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From Berlin to Brazil

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The 20th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, should be an occasion to think about the enormous changes that have occurred in world politics over the past two decades. New “leading powers” have emerged on the world political stage. Strengthening and upgrading relations with these new leading powers is of paramount importance for Germany’s foreign policy. The “German Institute for International and Security Affairs” (SWP) seems to think that way.

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